Great Lakes’ water levels up, but end of slump unknown
TRAVERSE CITY | Federal scientists say Great Lakes water levels are up sharply this year because of heavy rain and snow. But scientists say it’s too early to declare an end to the slump that has affected most of the system since the late 1990s.
The drop-off has been most pronounced in Lakes Huron and Michigan, which have the same level because they are connected. Keith Kompoltowicz of the Army Corps of Engineers said at a briefing Wednesday that those lakes are nearly a foot higher than last November.
That is a big improvement from early this year, when they hit their lowest point since record-keeping began in 1918.
Huron and Michigan, which scientists consider one lake because they are connected and their water level relative to sea level is identical, still were 17 inches below their long-term